"Be the change you want to see in the world." Gandhi
Eloise has been rubbing
people the right way since 1975. She went to school for massage in Gainesville, Florida
in 1994, and has been working steadily as a massage therapist ever since. She
has trained in many different modalities - NMT, Shiatsu, Reflexology, Trager, Deep Tissue, Reiki, etc. - but most enjoys her
own style: 'sneaky deep tissue'. "Deep tissue massage does not have to
be painful - in fact, when you actually get to the level of sensation that is
pain, you are doing more injury than good," says Eloise. "What I
laughingly refer to as 'sneaky deep tissue' refers to the idea that the
muscles let go at their own pace, and when the therapist follows the muscles
'lead', instead of forcing them, deep work can happen that will hold longer
and bring about true transformation."
Eloise was involved in the formation of our school 10 years ago, and
was one of the first teachers here. She went back to the East Coast and
became a New York
but we are thrilled to have her back teaching her “sneaky deep tissue” once
Laura Apoliona, LMT
Laura received her original
massage therapist education at the Hands on Healing Institute and her Lomi Lomi training in Kona, Hawaii.
Laura has found her specialty in the structural therapy of Myofascial Release
and has been trained by Frances Nicolais
through the Focus on Fascia classes at Hands on Healing. Laura’s Hawaiian
ancestry is the basis for her infusion of Myofascial Release with Hawaiian Lomi Lomi, combining effective
structural integration while utilizing the profound benefits of simple
relaxation. Pregnancy and postpartum massage are also a special pleasure for
Laura. She also offers post-natal realignment and breast-care and teaches new
families infant massage to bloom parent-baby bonding and provide babies
relief from colic and teething pain. Laura also is an Equine MFR therapist,
using her gifted touch to help heal horses, as well as riders.
Dan Cohen, CA CMT #340
Dan has had a long-term interest in bodywork for health.
His first massage class was in Hawaii over thirty
years ago. In 1999 he finally got certification from Touch Therapy
Institute. Since then he has been working professionally and continuing
his studies. This study has taken him to places as diverse as Sedona, AZ, Japan
He is presently studying Myofascial Release here at Hands on Healing
Institute and is the Owner/Therapist of Holistic Health Care, a
Multi-modality Clinic. Dan developed the “Touch of Jade Lymphatic
Massage tm " using traditional Chinese rollers combined with Western
lymphatic drainage techniques. He enjoys the healing arts, finding great
reward in helping others to improve their quality of life through bodywork.
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Tom Hambright, CMT #26374
Tom was drawn to Hands on Healing for his initial Certified
Massage Therapist education, after years in the corporate/computer world.
He followed a calling reinforced by many friends throughout the years
who commenting on his gifted touch. After graduating in March
2005, he then pursued Myofascial
Release & Myofascial Trigger Points as his preferred modalities.
Tom has taken many John F. Barnes MFR seminars since then, and has been
working at a physical
therapy office providing MFR since July 2005. Tom teaches
the Trigger Point classes at
Hands on Healing.
Santokh Sing Khalsa, D.C.
started his chiropractic practice in Pasadena
in 1979. His chiropractic practice has a holistic orientation that goes
beyond just working with the spine and musculoskeletal conditions. He uses
several different techniques, some of which e has
developed himself, to communicate with the body’s inner wisdom and find out
the cause of imbalance and dysfunction. Using muscle testing, he is able to
address muscle weaknesses, emotional stress, chakra imbalances, and
nutritional and dietary issues. He is also a master teacher of Kundalini Yoga and founded the Awareness Center Yoga
Studio in the 1970’s. He is currently the master teacher for their teacher
trainer program. He also teaches an introduction to Kundalini
Yoga for beginners series several times a year.
Sharon graduated from the
Hands on Healing Institute's CMT Program in 2006 and continued to study while
building her private practice and completing the HHI Teacher’s Training
loves the mind, body, spirit concept, nature and massage. With 18 years of
counseling experience working in the mental health field as a behavioral
counselor, with children’s programs for the YMCA and for Nino’s Earth Centro,
an environmental awareness program, she has a realistic understanding of the
issues that affect our mind/body/spirit connection in today’s world. Along
with teaching classes and providing massage sessions, Sharon
is also currently running The Health and Wellness Program for Community Care
Center, an IMD hospital in Duarte, California.
“With appreciation and gratitude I continue to develop my skills as a massage
therapist while sharing with students and clients what my learning
experiences have taught me,” says Sharon.
certifications for various modalities such as: Aromatherapy, Gemstone
Therapy, Crystal Therapy, Energy Healing, Reflexology, Vibration/Sound
Therapy, Heated Stone Massage, Chair Massage, Thai Massage, and many more.
Frances is one of our original instructors. Frances is the owner of the
KELA-Kneaded Experience LA, a professional chair massage company in operation
since 1995, staffed by many of our talented alumni. She also is the owner of the Myofascial Release Center
in Montrose, where she and several other MFR therapists share their love and
respect for myofascial release with any willing
participant! Frances developed the 230-hour
Focus on Fascia (myofascial release/trigger point)
series at Hands on Healing and teaches them with as much passion and
enthusiasm as any one person can! The Focus on Fascia series is also assisted
by Tom Hambright
and Laura Apoliona.
Frances also developed the
only 100-hour chair massage series in Los
Angeles, and co-teaches this track with Mary Frances Spencer and Tom
AAR & ARCB Certified Reflexologist, CMP #5054
Stefanie studied and
practiced Reflexology for many years in her home country of Germany before she came to the United States
in 2000. She earned her Professional Reflexology Certificate in Integrated
Foot Hand Ear Reflexology from the American
Academy of Reflexology
in 2002 and is National Certified with the American Reflexology Certification
Board. Stefanie is on the Board of Directors of the Reflexology Association
of California and she has a thriving full time private Reflexology practice
in Southern California. Stefanie teaches
Foot Hand Ear Reflexology at several schools including the American Academy
of Reflexology where her professionalism, passion for helping others and her
genuine sincerity has endeared her to all of her students.
Zoya Sakarian, CMT #11017
Upon graduating Glendale
my first placement position was in a clinic named Point of Life. In a very
short amount of time, I realized that my formal education was not sufficient
preparation as a massage therapist. Having clients with real pain, who were
asking for help that I could not provide, was a real wake up call for me. It
was at that very moment, I realized that I wanted to extensively study the
craft of Massage Therapy. Two years later, I am glad to say my hard work and
studying has finally paid off. One of my clients at Massage Envy was willing
to delay spinal surgery in hopes that massage therapy would provide relief.
She told me, 'I have tried everything. If this massage therapy doesn't work I
have to face the knife.' After 13 sessions of Trigger Point and Push Therapy,
Diana was able to sit, walk, swim and work without pain in her back. I had
witnessed the power of massage therapy first hand, and realized that my hard
work and extensive training paid off. Today my goal is to share my experience
and knowledge with younger therapists, and at the
same time learn from them as well. I truly believe that we are all lifelong
learners, and that even today, I consider myself a student.
Schally, Aromatherapist, CMT #4325
Andrea is Associate
Director of HHI and a certified Aromatherapist,
practicing in the United States
since 1994, and originally from Austria. Andrea concentrates on
healing with essential oils by revealing and unblocking physical, emotional,
spiritual and mental imbalances in order to achieve homeostasis and restore
the body's health. She had been studying essential oils for over 20 years and
her knowledge of essential oils and their uses is extensive. Andrea runs our Certified Massage Therapist
programs and is the lead Swedish massage instructor. She is also the head of
the Aromatherapy Program and teaches Crystal & Gemstone Therapy, as well
as many other Swedish based classes.
Mary Frances began
practicing Yoga in the early 1990's when she was experiencing high stress
working as a designer in the textile industry. She continued with her Yoga during
the pregnancies and after the birth of 2 children, and was certified to teach
Hatha Yoga in 2001 by Naader Shagagi
at Yoga Kingdom
Since then she has taught Mommy’s Me, All-levels Adult, and Children's Yoga
classes at various yoga studios and schools in the LA/Pasadena area. In
December 2004 she graduated from Hands on Healing Institute as a Certified
Massage Therapist. She holds certifications in Thai Yoga massage,
Kinesiology, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue, and Chair Massage. She is also
teaches Breath Awareness, Restorative Yoga, Expressive Movement and Chair
massage at Hands on Healing. She seeks to encourage her students to work at
their own level to build strength, increase flexibility, release blockages,
and find peace and transformation.
Nora was moved to go into massage
during a midlife time of transition. “It was a calling!” she says and
she has never looked back. Once graduating from Hands on Healing, she
was strongly pulled towards Chair Massage and Myofascial Release, and has
since become the General Manager of the Kneaded Experience LA, experts in the
chair massage industry. Nora is now sharing her extensive experience in
the chair massage field, as one the instructors in our MT250 Program.
TBI, TBP, MSW, CMT # 10535
While traveling through Thailand,
Betsy experienced Thai massage for the first time and it was then that she
decided to study this amazing spiritual and energetic massage. Betsy was working
as a hospice social worker in Los
Angeles at the time and she knew that her clients,
their families, and their caregivers would love to receive Thai massage.
Since 2003 Betsy has studied with master Thai massage teacher in Thailand, US, and Canada. From 2004-2009 Betsy
served as the Assistant Instructor to Chuck Duff at the internationally
respected Thai Bodywork School of Thai Massage in Evanston, IL.
She was an essential part of the development of the Thai Bodywork school into
a world-class center. Through Thai Bodywork, Betsy is a Certified Thai
Bodywork Instructor and Certified Thai Bodywork Practitioner. In 2010 Betsy
returned to LA where she currently teaches and practices Thai massage through
her company. Betsy loves to share her enthusiasm and passion for Thai massage
as she helps others discover the heart and joy of this wonderful art. Betsy
is also an end of life guide, educator, advocate and speaker. As an end of
life guide, Betsy loves to incorporate Thai massage and other healing modalities
into hospice and end-of-life care.
Heather was the Associate
Director of HHI for many years, and delighted our students in teaching
Swedish massage, energy healing, hot stone and meditation. She grew up in a family that was very
active in holistic therapies including energy medicine, which she has gone on
to study and practice throughout her life. She began her meditation practice
at age eight and traveled to Western Europe
at age twelve teaching meditation for children. Heather has a degree in
Philosophy from UCLA and has been studying and practicing the ways of the
Tibetan Bön Buddhism tradition for the last
fourteen years. Heather and Andrea both developed the famous HHI style
Swedish massage, for which we are eternally grateful. Heather has moved out
of the area, but returns often to teach the energy program.
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